How to Unclog a Kenmore Dishwasher

Dishwashers shoot high-speed jets of water across the dishes to clean them. Most modern dishwashers self-clean but over time, food remnants, debris and grease can build up in the filter trap of your Kenmore dishwasher and this can prevent it from draining properly. Unclogging the dishwasher is a simple job that takes only a few minutes, but can save you at least an hour or more hand-washing your dishes.

  1. Open the dishwasher and empty it of all dishes. Remove the bottom wire dish container by rolling it out and lifting it away.

  2. Wipe around the tub gasket, in the center of the bottom of the dishwasher, with a damp cloth. The filter is self-cleaning so you will not need to remove it.

  3. Remove the glass trap from the center of the filter. This is designed to collect debris from the dishwashing process, including bits of bone, broken glass and food waste. Remove the trap by grasping the handle and lifting it out.

  4. Empty the glass trap of all remnants and rinse it with clean water. Lift the trap back into position at the center of the filter.


  • Always switch off the dishwasher before cleaning or maintaining it.

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